Sunday, May 10, 2009

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 25

Another overtime decision after a quick 22-hour turnaround, and a couple of road upsets as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue with two games.

Here’s the recap:

(Penguins 4, Capitals 3 – 1OT)

-The Pittsburgh Penguins looked as though they had all the momentum in game five against Washington, despite the game going to the extra frame. Alex Ovechkin scored twice, but Sidney Crosby probably would have potted the winner if not for the Caps d-man knocking an Evgeni Malkin pass into his own net during OT. Once it gets to that point, it’s anyone’s game but Marc-Andre Fleury is now 5-0 in his playoff overtime career, so you almost have to favor the Penguins right away based on that. Simeon Varlamov had another sort of shaky game for Washington (and I find it funny that the CBC color guy can’t say his name to save his life! It’s ‘var-LA-mov’, not ‘val-AR-mov’!!!!). The Caps will now have to win IN Pittsburgh to keep the series going. All they have to do is pretend the people in the stands at Mellon Arena are cheering for them, which won’t be TOO hard, considering the Caps and the Pens fans will both be wearing white!

(Blackhawks 4, Canucks 2)

-Well, the LAST guy that Roberto Luongo would want to scored potted a pair, the Canucks managed just ten shots in the final 40 minutes and the Chicago Blackhawks sent the Vancouver fans home unhappy with a 4-2 win. Have I not said that I really enjoy the way Dustin Byfuglien plays?? (and it’s pronounced ‘bufflin’ incase you’re wondering) I was happy to see him score a couple of goals, and I’m sure Leafs fans were happy to see Mats Sundin notch one (or maybe not…). Chicago can now close it out at the United Center, but I’m sure the Canucks won’t go down without a fight!

Today:

*Anaheim @ Detroit – 3pm (Series: tied 2-2)
*Carolina @ Boston – 5:30pm (Series: 3-1 CAR)

AND in a side note, congratulations to the Kelowna Rockets on winning the WHL Championship series on Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen!

This will be Kelowna’s fourth time taking part in the Memorial Cup in seven years.

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